There are many different reasons why you may need a new gutter for your home. For some, they may want to hire a professional to install the gutter. Others may want to perform the gutter installation themselves and learn how to install a gutter. Whatever the choice, it is best to get informed. That could mean researching local professionals that will perform the gutter installation for you or reading up on do it yourself guides to carry out the gutter installation yourself.
First off, let’s explain what exactly a gutter is since there are many types of gutters. The most popular form a gutter that you may need to execute a gutter installation for is the rain gutter. A rain gutter is attached to a roof and it accumulates and redirects rain that falls on a roof. It is usually attached on the side of a roof and could be made of metal or other materials such as cast iron, steel or PVC. It helps prevent leaks and other form of water damage that could be caused by rainwater. A box gutter is a form deep gutter which is usually embedded into the roof and difficult to see from the outside. It is possible for gutters to get clogged and this could damage the household structure. As a result, as part of your gutter installation, you may need to install gutter screens or other guards to protect the gutter from waste and other junk.
First off when trying to perform a gutter installation is to dedicate enough time to follow through with the entire gutter installation. A weekend should be adequate time for a novice to advanced handyman. It is also beneficial to pick a weekend where there is no rain in the forecast for your gutter installation project.
The first step for the gutter installation is to run a chalk line on the side of your roof, about just over an inch from the drip edge, beginning from the located downspout.
Secondly, you will want to attach brackets. During the gutter installation, you will want to look for the roof fascia for nail heads. All roofs should be equipped with nails heads. You will usually find them every foot or so along the roof edge. You will want to drill half inch holes along the roof and attach the brackets in.
If you have proceeded past this point of the gutter installation, the next part is to cut the gutter and this can be done with most power saws. Make sure you properly measure your roof because the gutter needs to be the right length for your gutter installation. The next step of the gutter installation is to install end caps and cut the hole for the downspout. Make sure you also properly cut the gutter while taking into consideration the corners of your roof. Once that has been done, you will put the gutter into the brackets. This is the make or break step of the gutter installation because if it fits right, you will know you did your gutter installation properly.
The last step of the gutter installation is to install the downspout in place. If everything fits well, you have successfully completed a gutter installation!